Bradford Health Services - A Reprieve for Men in Opelika, AL

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401 South 9th Street
Opelika AL 36801

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Bradford Health Services offers a wide variety of drug and alcohol treatment options at numerous locations in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Florida. The Reprieve Program, located in Opelika, Alabama, is a year-long residential drug and alcohol rehab program that helps individuals overcome their substance abuse addiction. Staff members guide residents through the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, assist with employment opportunities and job placement, and create a supportive long-term community for practicing sober life skills.

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  • Holistic Therapy
    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

  • 12-Step
    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

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Positioning itself as “a spiritually sound environment where recovery is positive, creative, caring, and fun, The Reprieve helps adult males struggling with substance abuse. Based in Opelika, Ala., the facility offers a one-year residential treatment program, which is based on 12-step principles and practices.

A private, for-profit center, which comprise 31 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities in the state, The Reprieve also is one of 18 (14 percent) there that offer long-term (30+ days) of care. Established in 2009, The Reprieve does not offer detox services on-site. Within the state, The Reprieve is among 36.4 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities with specially tailored programs for adult men.

Founded 40 years ago, Bradford Health Services, headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., has assisted thousands of individuals. The organization operates facilities in six states in the southern rung of the country, including The Reprieve for men and A Reprieve for women, located in Tuscaloosa. Other Alabama Bradford facilities include a residential center for adolescents and adults in Madison and Warrior Lodge, which offers residential and intensive outpatient programming near Birmingham.


When a client comes to The Reprieve, they are greeted by a “Gatekeeper,” who is a senior resident that acts as a mentor. The Gatekeeper introduces and orients the client to the community, process, and program, and stays with the new arrival in their room to smooth the transition. Clients typically are men at least 19 years of age who struggle with chronic relapse, with 12-step progress, or direction and return to school or employment after prior treatment experiences.

Days begin with guided mindfulness meditation, after which residents attend 12-step presentations and receive therapeutic support. The plan of action for clients rests on spirituality, community, and self. Following the first six months at The Reprieve, which focus on learning practical applications of the 12-step principles and other life skills, clients move into a community living immersion setting.

At this stage, residents work on job skills development in partnership with a local college career center. They obtain progressive independence throughout the year, such as use of a phone and car and maintaining a job. Second phase clients also volunteer at The Reprieve main program.

Family members are invited to participate in a three-day program with in-depth education about the 12-Steps, boundaries, management of expectations, and avoiding enabling behaviors.


At The Reprieve, most staff members are in recovery themselves. As represented on the facility’s website, the staff brings diverse experiences to this Bradford Health Services rehab. One is a former owner/operator of a wilderness survival school, another a former EMT, and yet another a former professional musician. A former restaurateur cooks for residents. The Reprieve employs master’s level therapists and social workers, a psychiatrist, and certified addiction counselors (CAC), one of whom is a leader in the state association of CAC.


At The Reprieve for men, clients live in a stately, restored 120-year old historic red brick house on an attractively landscaped plot of land. Photos on the website depict shared bedrooms, a clean and bright kitchen, comfortable shared space, pool and ping pong tables, and a music room with keyboard, guitars, drums and sound equipment. There is an outdoor barbeque and picnic area for cookouts as well as natural surroundings, conducive for hiking and quiet reflection.

While at The Reprieve, residents perform household chores and go on regular outings to local parks and museums. Clients also have access to the town’s fitness facility, which includes an indoor pool, a running track, weight rooms. On Sundays, they may receive visits all day from approved family members.


At the time of this writing, five former clients who reviewed The Reprieve for submitted largely favorable impressions. The four who rated the major categories of the survey, including treatment effectiveness, consistently awarded positive ratings from the top five stars to three out of five stars. One of them, an anonymous reviewer, wrote: “It worked for me.” They praised the surroundings and the staff, one describing these factors for as “Good facility and staff.”

Several pointed out the inclusion of recovering addicts and alcoholics on the staff, such as C.B.C., who rated the staff’s level of experience and training as well as facility cleanliness and upkeep, family participation, likelihood to recommend, and 12-step practices the maximum five stars. C.B.C. highlighted various aspects of the program for “It offers many therapies and an atmosphere of brotherhood. Wonderful immersion into 12-step recovery and assistance with real world reintroduction.”

On secondary site Google, The Reprieve received consistently outstanding coverage to date: the top five stars based on five reviews. [1] Although only several posted commentary to accompany their five-star rating, reviewer Jeremy summed it up: “Awesome place with awesome people. If you want recovery then this is the place for you!”


Seven loved ones who reviewed The Reprieve for to date submitted mostly favorable feedback. Those who evaluated the major categories of the survey, from treatment effectiveness to accommodations/amenities, and meals/nutrition, mainly awarded them the top five stars with a sprinkling of four and three out of five stars and an isolated two stars.

They lauded the staff’s commitment and support, one referring to them as “awesome,” and appreciated the family education and weekend, which a reviewer noted “changed everything about how I thought about addiction.” Several highlighted the life-changing experience and results this program helped produce.

They pointed out the benefits of the 12-step regimen, long-term treatment approach and their likelihood to recommend the facility. In a representative review, the sister of an alum wrote: “This facility helped my brother stop abusing alcohol and gave him the tolls to help keep him sober.” Another loved one added: “Words can not adequately express the gratitude for the Reprieve and all of their awesome staff!"


At the time of this writing, according to its website, “A Reprieve for Men does not accept insurance assignment or reimbursement.”


Published on November 2019

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While my son has not completed the full one year program, the change in my son is one that wouldn't have happened on his own. The staff is to be commended for their commitment to helping others like themselves who need this treatment. Family weekend changed everything about how I thought about addiction. I wish I could give each facilitator a hug and thank them for helping me see things about addiction I hadn't known before, and for their kindness toward the families present. The focus on the 12 Step program helps build a foundation needed for a strong mind and mindfulness. Thank you, Reprieve staff.


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Words can not adequately express the gratitude for the Reprieve and all of their awesome staff! Through their work and dedication my son is not only sober but he left with a newfound self awareness, gentleness, and appreciation for others. I highly recommend the Reprieve for anyone who's loved one is struggling with addiction.


first 90 days is very beneficial however the lifeskils portion is run very poorly and unorganized,, overall needs alot of improvments


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My son entered the reprieve several days before he turned 19 yo after his 2nd inpatient rehab admission. He was ready to try to change his life, and the reprieve has given him all the tools and support he has needed to make that change. The 12 step program has been paramount to his sobriety. The reprieve staff has been very supportive and educational for our family throughout the process. With our son having been sober for 11 months, having success in his college courses, and his overall becoming a responsible adult, we are very proud of him and are believers in what the reprieve can do for those battling addiction that are ready to try to change their lives. Having gone through brief inpatient stays and a failed outpatient program before, our family feels strongly that a prolonged program like the reprieve is the best investment one could ever make in the life of their loved one battling the disease of addiction. To anyone reading this looking to help their loved one, stay supportive, learn not to enable their behavior, and don\'t give up. Good luck and may God bless your family.


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Staffed by recovering addicts/alcoholics. Strong ties to the community. Great accommodations and training facility. Long term options for extended care. No insurance coverage, so affordability (though relatively inexpensive) is only for those who have disposable income. The program is fairly new. You need detox before attending. This is an all male treatment program. It offers many therapies and an atmosphere of brotherhood. Wonderful immersion into 12 step recovery and assistance with real world reintroduction. Great community involvement and service opportunities. Great dining and living arrangements.


After eight years of alcoholism our son hit bottom and finally agreed to commit to The Reprieve, and we are so thankful that he did as the year-long program "reconditioned" his mind and spirit while giving him the coping skills and training to take life day-by-day and remain sober. He has rejoined society as a productive and responsible citizen. We are so very thankful to the entire staff at Bradford.


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It worked for me. I started back drinking I could handle it now. I was wrong of course.


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The family days we spent there were extremely useful. We were made more knowledgeable and received tools to help us better help our son with addiction. If he was able to stay there a year, maybe it would have helped, but 30 days is not enough time to help anyone. The group session after care was only of value to me because I felt less alone as a parent but I don't feel it was helpful to my child. And the price was extremely unreasonable.


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This facility helped my brother stop abusing alcohol and gave him the tools to help keep him sober.


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Good facility and staff.


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Offers counseling and visits with immediate family members. It was very expensive, but I don't know how it compares.


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I think having staff that have lived a life free of drugs is just as important as staff that are recovering addicts. Need more activity options.

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